Several NH towns receive free sunscreen dispensers for parks and beaches
Soon, there will be no excuse for not using sunscreen in the summer -- at least in some New Hampshire towns.
A dozen recreation sites and schools in the state will soon have hands-free dispensers with sunscreen thanks to a donation by the Melanoma Foundation of New England, which is providing the dispensers and four liters of all-natural sunscreen for use at beaches, parks, swimming pools and playing fields.
Among the local recipients were the towns of Pembroke and Bow and Pembroke Academy, which received kits in the mail in the past week.
The campaign, dubbed Practice Safe Skin, began last summer with a pilot program of 30 dispensers in Boston. Deb Girard, executive director of the local Melanoma Foundation said the yellow devices were well received and that her organization sought to expand the program around the country.
The program supervisor for Pembroke’s parks department, Rose Galligan, said the dispensers will come in handy for the town’s eight-week summer recreation program at Memorial Field.
Each town received a case of sunscreen worth $200 along with its one or two dispensers, Girard said. Those 4 liters will be good for an estimated 2,700 applications of sunscreen, which she said she expects to cover most of a summer.